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  1. We have discussed previously the mechanics of baseball that compare favorably with the survival skills of prehistoric humans. This is a fascinating article discussing this issue: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-hunting-made-us-human/ The following link is another article so short I didn’t bother to quote it. https://www.nature.com/news/baseball-players-reveal-how-humans-evolved-to-throw-so-well-1.13281 “Although to this day we humans with our bipedal form of locomotion are lousy sprinters compared with quadrupeds, we excel at long-distance running. No other living primate even comes close to this level of running ability...Humans can outrun a horse in a marathon...This capability evolved to help hominins hunt, allowing them to pursue their prey until it slowed or collapsed from exhaustion. Catching up to fleet-footed prey was only half the battle, however. To close the deal, the hunters needed to be able to deliver the deathblow, preferably with a heavy or sharp object lobbed from a safe distance...The key to our throwing skills, it turns out, lies in the elastic energy in our shoulder muscles. Studying college baseball players, investigation identified three features present in modern humans but not in chimps that greatly enhance our upper body's range of motion and thus its ability to store and release this energy: a flexible waist, a less twisted upper arm bone and a shoulder socket that faces out to the side rather than upward as it does in apes.”
  2. Apologies to Hamilton the Musical: “You’ll go back to work like before If you fight me I will win the war For your love, for your praise And I’ll love you till my dying days Cuz when push comes to shove I will kill your friends and family to remind you of my love.”
  3. Psychedelic clematis on W. Ridenbaugh St. in Boise, Idaho 11:10 AM MDST July 9, 2020.
  4. The word “casserole“ reminded me of a sweet moment of fatherhood when I complained bitterly about someone not signaling and forcing me to slam on the brakes and my four-year-old daughter shouted “Nice turn signal casserole!“ The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
  5. This is the closest I’ll get to Detroit this summer. And this Authentic Detroit pizza is made in Cleveland. And I can’t help but feel that the baseball we’ll be watching will share a similar degree of authenticity
  6. My good buddy “John the Hippie” from Ann Arbor would grow two gigantic plants in his marginally private backyard in Tucson — after making sure they were female alone — and then radiate toxic amounts paranoia and angst at them and about them for six months before harvesting. That is “special attention.” But for all the emotional turmoil and stress he put himself under it never seemed worth the time and effort to me or anyone else he knew for only two darn plants. He crossed a highly potent Hawaiian Sativa with toweringly tall industrial Indiana hemp — “ditch weed” left over from World War II found here and there on country roads — to create a gigantic yet devilishly potent strand. His secret which he shared only with me and which I now divulge after 40 years of silence is this: “Miracle-Gro® when it’s growing, Miracle-Bloom® when it buds, man.“ Each plant yielded about 20-22 oz. of dry bud. Everybody else was being a natural tree hugger about it and wanted to know his secret which he never divulged but to me. Now you know. You’re welcome.
  7. David Price withdraws from the 2020 season.
  8. By the way I didn’t create the American Girl thing. I wish I could take credit for it but I just found it on a friends Facebook page yesterday.
  9. Don’t go to politicians for news about science.
  10. Having to stop for school buses is robbing me of my rights!
  11. Not being able to toss tear gas into my neighbors' yards is taking away my rights!
  12. Not being able to throw knives on a plane is taking away my rights!
  13. There’s no rule against starting new threads. There’s so little for moderators to do anymore that our electrical brain activity patterns have been uploaded into a cloud service in some some region of the multi-verse whose name I can’t even pronounce.
  14. Wow! Just don’t go crazy and get into tornadoes. 🙂 Having a stop sign take off your head is not cool.
  15. I really need to get something better than a five-year-old iPhone.
  16. I took a number of photos in Wyoming last July on a cross country trip, but distance shots of big skies looks so pathetic compared to the real thing. The two photos to follow were taken on July 26 near Fort Laramie. One is of an endless field of grassland set against an endless blue sky, and the other is of one of those iconic red-tinged asphalt highways that Wyoming is famous for.
  17. I should. My son is becoming quite a photographer and I should probably start taking real photos with real cameras. It’s something I enjoy.
  18. Wyoming is truly incredible. You can easily see why they call big sky country. The sense of openness and distance and grandeur is overwhelming.
  19. We all know you’re an accomplished artist Yoda. I appreciate the compliment and look forward to your own contributions.
  20. This next set of photos were taken at dusk at my friend’s place in Donnelly, Idaho between 9:29 PM and 10:02 PM MDST.
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